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Palafox Market Turns 16

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Can you smell the fresh-cut flowers and hear the banjo pickin’ that Palafox blues? You better clear your calendar for the weekend because downtown Pensacola is jam-packed with local entertainment and fun things to do.

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Grab your best sun-shading party hat and make your way to Palafox Street. This weekend celebrates 16 years of the Palafox Market, and the word around town is it’s got all other markets in Florida beat! This Saturday, June 10th, Downtown Pensacola will be throwing a block party celebration that you won’t want to miss. You can expect to see both the north and south block lined with all its vendors, plus lots more!

Palafox Market holds a special place in the heart of Pensacola for locals, tourists, and vendors alike. Whether you’re an artist vending or a shopper with your go-to spot – The market has a unique culture of its own and seems to have a little something for everyone as you walk down the block.

Palafox Market, Downtown Pensacola

The Details

Location: Palafox Street

When: 9 AM – 2 PM

Who: Come one, come all!

“The celebrations will encompass both Palafox Market locations at Plaza Ferdinand Plaza and Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in downtown Pensacola. Palafox Market opened in 2007 with about 25 farmers but has grown to weekly events featuring up to 250 vendors, including farmers, painters, jewelry makers, bakers, and other cottage entrepreneurs who welcome more than 8,000 shoppers on the busiest Saturdays.

The birthday celebration will feature local chefs Matthew Brown, executive chef/owner of The Black Garlic Market, Rudy Randolph, executive chef at The Pensacola Yacht Club, and John Huggins, executive chef at The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House.”

The Palafox party is hosted by Downtown Pensacola and would not be what it is today without the support of organizations like the Palafox Market, Downtown Improvement Board, and the City of Pensacola. Many more have encouraged, created, and participated in making the market what it has become over the years.

How to Palafox Market 

For the party this weekend, there are a few things you should know. Parking is free along the Palafox block unless you see a sign that indicates “We tow”. Dogs are welcome to the market as long as they are leashed and friendly to everyone they see. The market is free and family-friendly which makes for a great option for everyone in the house to go!

Sugar @ The Palafox Market

You are probably wondering…

Is there anything else I should know? 

The crepes are perfection, don’t forget East Hill Honey Co. and the produce goes quickly so be sure to get there before 10 AM when the crowd grows. Otherwise, show up ready for a good time and let your local shopping heart be free!

More information on how to become a vendor, market updates, and how to get involved can be found on the Palafox Market website, here.

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Makenna Curtis is a Pensacola local with a BIG heart for her hometown. Motherhood, storytelling, helping others, and celebrating the small things in life are just a few of her favorite things. Makenna graduated the University of West Florida with a degree in Communications and Advertising in 2017. Her passion for living life to the fullest and connecting with others makes having a conversation or reading her work easy!